I love playing with photo apps, whether on my iMac, Macbook, iPad or iPod touch. Last year I started playing around with Diptic on my iPad. This is a simple $.99 app that lets you combine multiple photos, add effects and upload the finished collage to Facebook or other online communities. It’s easy to use, customize like crazy, works on any iOS device running iOS 3.0 or later, and it’s fun, too. While waiting for the upload to Facebook from my iPad to finish, the message read “sending through a series of tubes.” Messages while processing the collage include “slicing and dicing” and “applying tape and glue.” Programmers who like to have fun! My kind of people.
Last week these same programmers released Diptic for 64-bit Macs running OS X 10.7 or later — same $.99 price tag. It has most of the same features. The main difference is that while the iOS version will give you access to your Photo Albums, Facebook and Flickr, the OS X version only lets you import from folders or drag and drop from the desktop or a folder. No iPhoto access, but hopefully that will come. This is, after all, the first release.
On the iPod touch:
On the iMac:
Diptic has 56 customizable layouts for 1 to 6 photos, effects filters for things like sepia toning, controls for brightness and contrast. It’s fun. It’s inexpensive (not cheap!). Try it.
Finally, a friend shared this BBC video with me yesterday, and I have to share it with all of you. The photography is fabulous, but the editor who put it together deserves an award.